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Anti-slavery meetings in Farmington

July 10, 2013 · Collections ·

On July 21, 1834, Charlotte Cowles wrote to her brother Samuel what she called a “very mean letter.” Evidently it was not as well composed as she would have liked. What I find fascinating is that at the age of 14, Charlotte was already attending anti-slavery meetings. And first, I will give you an account…
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The true price of slavery

October 16, 2013 · Collections ·

When the men and children aboard la Amistad decided to take over the ship and return home, they initiated one of the more memorable events in Connecticut’s history. Steven Spielberg even made a movie about it. But some people actually lived it, like Charlotte Cowles of Farmington, Connecticut, and we are fortunate that she wrote…
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What is this?

December 17, 2013 · Collections, Exhibits ·

Our exhibit, Making Connecticut, showcases over 500 objects, images, and documents from the CHS collection. “What is this?” posts will highlight an object from the exhibit and explore its importance in Connecticut history every other week. What is this object? What is the story behind it?

The Slave’s Cause: A New History of the Abolition Movement

May 10, 2018 · ·

Join us at CHS to hear distinguished scholar Manisha Sinha discuss her book, The Slave’s Cause: A History of Abolition.

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